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Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) Exceeds Q4 Expectations, Stock Jumps 12.5%


Kayode Omotosho /
2023/02/15 4:09 pm EST
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Streaming TV platform Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) announced better-than-expected results in the Q4 FY2022 quarter, with revenue flat year on year at $867.1 million. Guidance for next quarter's revenue was $700 million at the midpoint, which is 1.71% above the analyst consensus. Roku made a GAAP loss of $237.2 million, down on its profit of $23.7 million, in the same quarter last year.

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Roku (ROKU) Q4 FY2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $867.1 million vs analyst estimates of $802.9 million (8% beat)
  • EPS: -$1.70 vs analyst estimates of -$1.73 (1.83% beat)
  • Revenue guidance for Q1 2023 is $700 million at the midpoint, above analyst estimates of $688.2 million
  • Free cash flow was negative $58 million, compared to negative free cash flow of $29.7 million in previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 42%, down from 43.9% same quarter last year
  • Active Accounts: 70 million, up 9.9 million year on year

Spun out from Netflix, Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) makes hardware players that offer access to various online streaming TV services.

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Sales Growth

Roku's revenue growth over the last three years has been impressive, averaging 44.3% annually. Roku may have benefited slightly from the initial impact of the pandemic bringing forward some sales, but growth rates have normalized since then.

Roku Total Revenue

This quarter, Roku beat analyst estimates but reported a rather lacklustre 0.2% year on year revenue growth.

Roku is guiding for revenue to decline next quarter 4.59% year on year to $700 million, a further deceleration on the 27.8% year-over-year decrease in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year.

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Usage Growth

As a subscription app, Roku generates revenue growth by growing both the subscriber numbers, and the total lifetime value of the average subscriber.

Over the last two years the number of Roku's monthly active users, a key usage metric for the company, grew 18.5% annually to 70 million users. This is a solid growth for a consumer internet company.

Roku Active Accounts

In Q4 the company added 9.9 million monthly active users, translating to a 16.5% growth year on year.

Key Takeaways from Roku's Q4 Results

Since it has still been burning cash over the last twelve months it is worth keeping an eye on Roku’s balance sheet, but we note that with a market capitalization of $7.89 billion and more than $1.96 billion in cash, the company has the capacity to continue to prioritise growth over profitability.

We were impressed by how strongly Roku outperformed analysts’ revenue expectations this quarter. And we were also glad to see the user growth. On the other hand, it was less good to see that the revenue growth was quite weak. Overall, this quarter's results seemed pretty positive and shareholders can feel optimistic. The company is up 12.5% on the results and currently trades at $71.43 per share.

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The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.